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Recent changes to planning: an overview

There have been several changes to the planning system in recent months, reflecting the response to Covid-19 and most recently in support of the Prime Minister’s evocation to ‘build, build, build’.

‘No DSS’ no longer

The Department for Social Security or more commonly referred to as ‘DSS’, was the government department responsible for providing benefit payments. The department was however replaced in 2001 by the Department of Work and Pensions. In the case of Rosie Keogh v Nicholas George Ltd, the complainant contacted a local letting agent regarding a property […]

Swiss Federal Supreme Court follows the practice of EPO’s Board of Appeal on singling out

In a recent decision (4A_613/2019, 11 May 2020), the Swiss Federal Supreme Court (Supreme Court) followed the practice of the Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO) as it held that the singling out of single features from two separate lists of features and therefore the combination of these  two specific features constitutes an extension of the subject-matter of the patent application leading to its nullity.



Burges Salmon steals Osborne Clarke’s PEP crown in southern battlefield

The battle for supremacy in the South of England legal market saw Bristol heavyweight Burges Salmon overtake arch rival Osborne Clake in average profit per equity (PEP) stakes during the last financial year. Both firms saw profitability and turnover tumble, but Burges Salmon’s PEP of £409,000 came in well above Osborne Clarke’s figure of £352,000, […]

Litigation nation

Next month’s publication of The Lawyer UK 200 Annual Report is likely to make grim reading for most of the market’s transactional lawyers. Not so the litigators. As we reveal today in a sneak preview of the annual report, litigators have been waiting in the wings for a while for their time in the sun […]

Gunning for Svenja

Arsenal FC’s manager Arsene Wenger may have disappointed the club’s fans by barely signing any new talent this season, but the Gunners’ management has brought in a new starlet hoping to score points off the pitch. Former MTV European Networks lawyer Svenja Geissmar has been appointed Arsenal FC’s first-ever general counsel (see story). In the […]


SRA names members of revamped board

The new members of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) board have been announced, two months after revealed that there was ill feeling between the SRA and the Law Society over the appointments process. Martin Coleman Thirteen members, including seven solicitors and six lay members, have won places effective as of January 2010. Two further […]


Burges Salmon to cut 31 jobs in second redundancy round

Burges Salmon is set to make up to 27 business services staff and four property lawyers redundant as part of the second phase of its internal restructuring. Chris Jackson The Bristol firm launched its cost-cutting drive in March, making 18 associates redundant and deferring start dates for seven of its future trainees. Now, after completing […]

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